Press Launch goodies

19th March 2010 • Blog Post by Jonathan Capps •

Oooooh, I love me a good press launch, and last night’s didn’t disappoint despite the fact I was several miles away from it at the time.  So, let’s look over all The Good Stuff, shall we.Right, so, first we’ve got a BBC Wales and a Lizo interview, both of which feature Matt Smith (and in the first one Karen Gillen, too.)  The first thing that strikes me (apart from the shuddering shitness of BBC Wales trying to be funny) is how absolutely smashing Matt Smith appears to be.  Karen seems lovely as well, of course, but Matt seems to exude a great amount of energy and affection for the show, and you can’t help but see his own vocal and physical ticks that are clearly going to be so great when applied to the Doctor.  The second thing that struck me about both interviews, though, was the ACTUAL, FACTUAL CLIP FROM EPISODE 1.

It’s smashing.  Absolutely smashing.  And, before you start, if you’d written something as brilliant as Girl in the Fireplace then you’d be ripping yourself off, too, so SHUSH.  Of course, it’s hard to tell anything from the clip because the Doctor’s character is yet to be settled and this is a young version of Amy, but it’s lovely to see and it’s served to get me very, very excited for Easter.

What with this being a press launch and all, obviously the press have a fair few things to say about the new episode (and new trailer!  GIVE IT TO ME NOW)  and this is what they’ve managed to say in between liquid lunches:

The Sun have decided to summarise the first part of the episode in their review, but they seem to like it, although the retrospective knocking of Tennant’s Doctor is a cunt’s game.  The Guardian has a very nice writeup, mainly concentrating on the new show as a whole and even includes Moffat explaining the change in the TARDIS; “At the end of the last story the Tardis was exploding, so it rebuilds itself around the new Doctor. And because the Doctor is completely mad, it builds itself around his madness.”.  Nice.  Meanwhile, The Daily Mail has a similar piece to other outlets, but just couldn’t resist a reference to mysterious “execs” and “sexing up the show”.  Good old, The Daily Mail.  Den of Geek also has a review which basically says the same things as the proper press, but more boringly.

Finally, step forward The Independent and walking pretension machine Gerard Gilbert.  Apparently, weeks before the show is reborn with a new creative team is the perfect time to proclaim you’re sick of the show.  But, no, apparently all sci-fi these days need to be BIG, DRAMATIC and above all SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE like BSG or Caprica.  Honestly, you give these dribbling journos a couple of serious sci-fi shows that they can wax lyrical about and they just wont fucking shut about them. Gerard Gilbert, if that is your real name, you disappoint me with your fundamental lack of understanding.

It’s all suddenly getting very real, isn’t it?

Jonathan Capps‘ name translates in the old Draconian tongue as “The Oncoming Storm”. Curiously enough, when spelled out backwards, it translates in Kaled as “Gobby Northerner Who Likes Sandwiches”.


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